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Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones team up to revamp Everly Brothers album

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Oct 23, 2013 | 5:25pm EDT

Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have teamed up to record an album of duets, inspired by the music of The Everly Brothers. Both big fans of rock 'n' roll siblings Don and Phil Everly, the Grammy Award winners hit the studio to craft Foreverly, a new 12-song collection inspired by the brothers' 1958 album of Americana tunes, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Armstrong and Jones recorded the album in just nine days. The punk rocker says, "I've been a big fan of The Everly Brothers since I was a little boy. A couple of years ago, I discovered Songs Our Daddy Taught Us for the first time, and I fell in love with it. I was playing it every day and thought it would be a cool idea to re-do the record, but with a female singer. I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues, and I knew her harmonies would be amazing. "I thought the songs would take on a different meaning working with her, and she has a really good ear for arrangements. I was mainly intrigued by these old traditionals, country songs, and hymns." Jones adds, "Billie Joe's enthusiasm about the songs and his low-key, open approach to the music was very inviting. He wasn't set in his ideas, which made it fun for us both to sort of discover what felt right for us, musically." The album will be released in November (13).

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